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is generally the case when success bestows the
palm. Indeed, upon the whole, her conduct
throughout has been dignified, sensible, and be-
coming her exalted situation.
We have had much gaiety and many fetes.
Those of the French ambassador (La Luzerne)
were superb. The illuminations were so numerous
that the whole town seemed in a blaze. If the
Prince de Monaco had arrived upon one of those
nights, he would, indeed, have been gratified at
the respect shown to him.1
The ball of balls was that given by White's
Club at the Pantheon. It was a most brilliant
spectacle. I never saw anything in foreign
countries to be compared to it. The illumination
of the dome, the wreaths of lamps round the
pillars, the dresses and feathers of the ladies and
the excellence of the supper were objects of great
praise. Very few of the Prince's friends were
there, and scarcely one of the party's women.
The Duke of Gloucester and his children were
the only members of the royal family. The Prince
used all his endeavours to keep people away.
i On his arriving at night in London, he mistook the
lighted lamps of the streets for an illumination on his
account, and said he was sorry the King of England had
put himself to such expense.